National Endurance Series, Round 5
Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada
2005 by Dan Schmitt
The racers of the
Dunlop/WERA National Endurance Series received a break in the weather, as
temperatures at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hovered in the mid-nineties for the
fifth round of this series. A dry easterly breeze came across this 1.75 mile
roadcourse as the green flag flew at 12:30.
Tray Batey on the Vesrah Suzuki overcame the holeshot of Ben Thompson on
the Red Star Yamaha R6. Team Velocity Racing, Advanced Kawasaki and Team Eclipse
battled for third during the opening laps. Batey continued his charge during the
first hour gaining an one-lap advantage over Team Velocity and Red Star.
Boyd Bruner flew out to
join Team Chicago for this race. It was great having a real go-fast riding with
me. Boyd took the start and ran in the top ten. I had an extra battery to cover
the electrical problem we experienced at Willow.
Eighty-five minutes into
the race and after a quick pit-stop, changing both tires and refueling, Batey
turned the Vesrah Suzuki over to John Jacobi. But after a few laps, Jacobi had a
problem on the back stretch as the engine died. Quickly, John began the long
push back toward the pits as Red Star took the lead with Team Velocity second.
Dalke Motorsports was on the charge to third overall and first in the
Middleweight SuperStock class. One lap back the battle for fourth heated up
between Advanced Kawasaki, Bellís ARNCHU Racing and Dixie Mafia. Blue Ridge
Performance on the 4 & 6 Racing SV 650 had a lock on the Lightweight
SuperBike class, running thirteenth overall.
With ninety minutes to go,
Vesrah Suzuki had another problem. This time the bike died across from the pits
with Mark Junge on board. Mark wanted to push it across the track, but the
officials made him wait for the track truck. As Team Velocity gained fifty-five
seconds over Red Star for the lead, the Vesrah crew was busy changing the gas
tank. The first time they stopped, it was only a fuse; this time the fuel pump
gave out. Dixie Mafia made the big push to fifth overall and grabbed the lead in
the Middleweight SuperStock class. Blue Ridge Performance held a two-lap lead
over MS Racing II.
Well, I thought I had the
battery problem covered, but I was charging the backup battery with a Battery
Tender, and it was just not enough. During the final hour, with me on the track,
the bike again began to run slowly. I stayed out as long as possible, but
finally got red flagged. Not a good finish, but we did gain some valuable
During the final hour, Red
Star lost their engine and was out of the race. Advanced Kawasaki made the big
push to catch Team Velocity for the overall and Heavyweight SuperStock
victories, but could not make up the two-lap disadvantage. With steady riding,
Bellís ARNCHU Racing took third overall and the Heavyweight SuperBIke win. The
two teammates, Army of Darkness and Dixie Mafia, ran the last twenty laps
together and took home both the Middleweight SuperBike and SuperStock wins.
Owner and rider of the victorious Team Velocity Racing Yamaha R1, Chuck Ivey
stated after the race, ďThe key to our success is putting ourselves in the
position to win. Seeing that we are on a SuperStock bike with that classís
restrictions, we have to ride hard, we try to make no mistakes and we try to
ride consistent, just doing it right.Ē
1. Team Velocity Racing,
Yam 1000, 2. Advanced Kawasaki, Kaw 1000, 3. Bellís ARNCHU Racing, Suz 750, 4.
Team Eclipse, Suz 750, 5. Army of Darkness, Suz 600, 6. Dixie Mafia, Suz 600, 7.
Team Xtreme/ Maxxis Tires, Suz 750, 8 5150 Racing, Suz 750, 9. Dalke Motorsports, Suz 600, 10. Need a Sponsor,
Yam 600, 11. Mad Kaw, Kaw 636, 12. Blue Ridge Performance, Suz 650, 13. Zyvax,
Yam 600, 14.Deals Gap Racing, Suz 650, 15. MS Racing, Suz 650
RESULTS: By Class
H/S/Bk: 1. Bellís
ARNCHU Racing, 2. Team Eclipse, 3.
H/S/Stk: 1. Team Velocity
Racing, 2 Advance Kawasaki 3. 5150 Racing
M/S/Bk: 1. Army of
Darkness, 2. Red Star, 3 SMP Racing
M/S/Stk:1. Dixie Mafia, 2.
Dalke Motorsports, 3. Need a Sponsor
L/S/Bk: 1. Blue Ridge
Performance, 2. Deals Gap Racing.
3. MS Racing II
Overall (after 5 rounds)
1. Vesrah Suzuki, 502; 2.
Team Velocity Racing, 481, 3.Red Star, 421;
4. Army of Darkness, 420, 5. Team Eclipse, 357, 6. Darke Motorsports,
347, 7. Bellís ARNCHU Racing,
332, 8. Team Xtreme/Maxxis, 326, 9. 5150 Racing, 307, 10 Dixie Mafia, 270.
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